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5 Digital Tips For Travellers on Vacation
Traveling has always been exciting, but with so many new technological advances, going to different cities and countries has taken on a whole new feel. While there are plenty of innovations that make vacationing more convenient, much of our technology has caused travelers to become more vulnerable to scams and robberies. But fret not, you can still fully enjoy all of the latest innovations, while traveling to faraway exciting new places and remain safe. Just check out the following five tips for travelers.
1. Do Your Research with Online Travel Videos
Take a break from poring through online reviews by doing a quick search on Vimeo or YouTube to find travel videos of your destination. Starre Vartan at Mother Nature Network points out that these videos can often provide a more accurate glimpse of terrain conditions, the appropriate attire and a venue’s typical crowd. In order to get the most realistic impression of a location, make sure the videos were filmed and posted by other visitors, rather than by the venue managers.
2. Check out SoBi Social Bicycles
Randy Rieland at WOUB Public Media details some of the newest travel innovations, including a bike-sharing program called SoBi Social Bicycles. SoBi makes bike sharing even more efficient and convenient by incorporating GPS into each bike. Travelers can download the SoBi Mobile App and search for the nearest SoBi bike, which they can reserve and pick up within 15 minutes. After they’re finished riding around town, users can drop off the bike wherever they please. SoBi will start their bike-sharing program in Buffalo, NY as well as in two west coast markets, with plans to expand from there.
3. Beware of Public Wi-Fi
A public Wi-Fi connection can seem like a great perk, especially if it’s a free connection in the airport. But don’t be so quick to log on and start making reservations or checking your accounts. Public Wi-Fi hotspots, especially those in airports, can expose you to identity theft. Fox News recommends connecting to the internet through a personal Wi-Fi connection, especially if you’re traveling. To take your safety one step further, go to lifelock.com and sign up for one of their service packages. This security company safeguards customers from identity theft, which is particularly useful for travelers who want peace of mind as they travel abroad. They will notify you immediately if there has been a breach in your personal security.
4. Look for Free In-Flight Entertainment
Qantas, a new airline, will hand out iPads to all passengers (regardless of travel class) flying on their Boeing 767s. Each passenger will receive 200 free hours of QStreaming video and audio. While this may seem extravagant, the iPads will actually help the airline’s bottom line by allowing them to save valuable plane weight by getting rid of heavy in-flight entertainment systems.
5. Don’t Announce Your Plans
Fox News also strongly cautions travelers against broadcasting their travel plans on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. They note that “according to a recent Experian survey, nearly 50 percent of U.S. travelers between the ages of 18 and 34 post to their social media pages with updates on their travel whereabouts.” While it can be tempting to send out a tweet as your plane takes off, remember that you’re not only sharing your plans with friends, but also with potential thieves. Keep your trip details and photos completely private until you return.
If you are a victim of identity theft while you are away on vacation, you can get the service you need from LifeLock, which is offered across the U.S as well as in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Discovering new travel innovations can be almost as enjoyable as exploring new destinations. If you take the proper safety precautions and open your mind to these new technologies, you’ll be well on your way to a successful vacation.
Written by Mandy Rosser
Mandy is a freelance writer and consultant in the travel sector. She also loves to swim.